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Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Past, Present, and Progress

Edited by Albert S. Kim

University of Hawaii at Manoa


Hyeon-Ju Kim

Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering

The 21st century is characterized as an era of natural resource depletion, and humanity is faced with several threats due to the lack of food, energy, and water. Climate change and sea-level rise are at unprecedented levels, being phenomena that make predicting the future of ocean resources more complicated. Oceans contain a limitless amount of water with small (but finite) temperature differences from their surfaces to their floors. To advance the utilization of ocean resources, this book readdresses the past achievements, present developments, and future progress of ocean thermal energy, from basic sciences to sociology and cultural aspects.

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Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)Past, Present, and ProgressEdited by Albert S. Kim

Published: May 13th 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.86591

ISBN: 978-1-78985-572-2

Print ISBN: 978-1-78985-571-5

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83880-521-0

Copyright year: 2020

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3659 Total Chapter Downloads

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1. Can Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and Seawater Utilisation Assist Small Island Developing States? A Case Study of Kiribati, Pacific Islands Region

By Michael G. Petterson and Hyeon Ju Kim


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2. The Social Energy: Contexts for Its Assessment

By Alonso Pérez Pérez, Mauricio Latapí Agudelo and Graciela Rivera Camacho


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3. Current Development and Prospect of Turbine in OTEC

By Weimin Liu, Yunzheng Ge, Lei Liu and Yun Chen


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4. Novel OTEC Cycle Using Efficiency Enhancer

By Hosaeng Lee, Seungtaek Lim, Jungin Yoon and Hyeonju Kim


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5. Analysis and Development of Closed Cycle OTEC System

By Estela Cerezo Acevedo, Jessica G. Tobal Cupul, Victor M. Romero Medina, Elda Gomez Barragan and Miguel Angel Alatorre Mendieta


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6. Research and Development Activities of Ocean Thermal Energy-Driven Development in Malaysia

By A. Bakar Jaafar, Mohd Khairi Abu Husain and Azrin Ariffin


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7. General Criteria for Optimal Site Selection for the Installation of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Plants in the Mexican Pacific

By Alejandro García Huante, Yandy Rodríguez Cueto, Erika Paola Garduño Ruiz and Ricardo Efraín Hernández Contreras


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8. Environmental Impact Assessment of the Operation of an Open Cycle OTEC 1MWe Power Plant in the Cozumel Island, Mexico

By Enrique Celestino Carrera Chan, María Fernanda Sabido Tun, Juan Francisco Bárcenas Graniel and Estela Cerezo Acevedo


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